On Thursday morning I went in to get Ryder up out of bed. I was changing his diaper on the changing table and told him I had a surprise for him. Ryder ripped his paci out of his mouth and shouted, "DA!". I had told Ryder for the few days before that his Daddy was coming to visit, but he never seem to really grasp the concept. I said, "Yeah baby... Da is laying in Mommy's bed". We rushed down the hallway and Ryder tried leaning over to kiss the picture of Derrik he has been kissing since we got here. I once again told him that his Da was in Mommy's bed and went into the bedroom. I was so nervous that his reaction would be bad. I was nervous he wouldn't go to Derrik or would just walk the other direction. I was so wrong! I crawled into bed with Ryder and said "Look Ryder... That's your Daddy!". The largest grin I have ever seen erupted on Ryder's face as he leaned in and hugged his Daddy for as long as I've ever seen him hug! You couldn't wipe the smile off of Ryder's face if you tried. We all laid in bed watching tv together, and Ryder kept sitting up to hug and kiss Derrik. He was one happy boy to have his Da back in his life... even if it was for only a few days!
Friday morning was gorgeous out! We went and grabbed some donuts at Dunkin Donuts and played down at the beach for a little while.
Sharing some of his donut with his Daddy
Ally, Jenny, Tanner, and Sarah
Derrik had an awful trip home. His orginal flight was delayed, then cancelled, then his new flight was delayed which caused him to miss his connection. He had to sleep in the Las Vegas airport! I don't think it was how he envisioned his first trip to Las Vegas that's for sure! He just got home, showered, and has a couple of hours to sleep before he has to report back to the field this afternoon. Now it's back to baseball, back to rehab, and back to waiting for something to happen.... we'll keep you updated!